Spoil Your Love Life La Bohème, Tues Feb 26
Michelle Pastor is wonderful in Spoil Your Love Life. She sings her unrequited love life’s heart out in the bathroom of her suburban home and it’s like a wedding cake; externally appealing with enticing veneer, sweet and fulfilling, yet internally complex and fruity. It’s an hour-long tragicomic romp into the fantastic lust of ‘just’ a housewife who has it all yet frightens herself in wanting just a little bit more. Pastor treads a brilliant line between frenzied lust and frightened self-awareness; her voice is wonderfully suited to the genre and her acting particularly punchy as she bumps up the ‘crazy’ in this easy to watch and thought-provoking journey into one woman’s imagination. Pastor really rams home the disparity between her housewife persona and remnant inner needs from her ‘former’ life frighteningly well; married men take note and offer some romance to avoid your loved one’s transformation into a (laundry) basket-case. Final word: Impassioned. Jenny Smith Spoil Your Love Life continues at La Bohème until Sun Mar 10.
SPOIL YOUR LOVE LIFE
Review by Jamie Wright
Michelle Pastor certainly has talent. She’s engaging, funny, bold, charismatic and bursting with stage presence and she looks very comfortable in front of the audience.
What she doesn’t quite have – yet – is the show to take all of those things and wow you with them.
“Spoil Your Love Life” isn’t like a lot of the cabaret shows you’ll see – it’s not a collection of reworked pop songs strung together with stories in between but a narrative; a story about a married woman who, while locked in the bathroom, dreams about the living the life of a heroine of a mashup of nineties romantic comedies, culminating in a relationship with Hugh Jackman. There are songs, yes, but they’re between sections of monologue comparing her life to those of the women on screen.
In its current form there are probably too many monologues and too few songs, and the script is repetitive and a bit light-on in terms of quality material; in particular the wedding scene, while clever and funny, goes on a bit long. But it has the potential to be great, and with some revision (and perhaps some blunt directorial input; kill your darlings and all that) it will be.
Either way I suspect (and hope) we’ll be seeing more of Michelle in the future.
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)